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Against the Modern WorldTraditionalism and the Secret Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century$
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Mark Sedgwick

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195152975

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195152972.001.0001

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Cairo, Mostaganem, and Basel

Cairo, Mostaganem, and Basel

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Against the Modern World

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This chapter covers Gu”non’s biography from a series of disasters in 1927–28 that led to his emigration to Egypt in 1930 until the start of the Second World War. It examines Gu”non’s life in Egypt and the nature of his conversion to Islam, and the impact of Egypt and Islam on Traditionalism. As well as lying behind future developments in French Freemasonry, this impact resulted in the formation of two Traditionalist religious groups, one short-lived and Catholic and one long-lived and Islamic, a European branch of an Algerian Sufi order--the Alawiyya--under Frithjof Schuon, assisted by Titus Burckhardt. The chapter covers Schuon’s biography and the history of his Alawiyya up to 1943.

Keywords:   Egypt, Islam, Catholicism, Masonry, Schuon, Alawi, conversion, Burckhardt, Schuon

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